Or 2010. And for Canada, the journey to South Africa begins in St. Vincent and/or the Grenadines. FIFA held the preliminary draw for World Cup qualifying pairings and groups in all regions, and Canada has a date to dance with the Caribbean nation.
Looks nice, doesn't it. Let's hope Canadian players don't get too comfortable, as St. V&G is only the first and likely easiest step towards qualification. We'll post later about Canada's potentially daunting semi-final group, but we have plenty of time (over half a year, to be sure), so don't be too eager.
What do we here at Out of Touch know about this aspiring archipelago? Not too much. For country facts, wikipedia is a good start. Key data include:
- population: 119,000
- capital: Kingstown
- FIFA rank: 77
Should Canada take the Vicentians (yes, this is the correct demonym) lightly? Certainly not. But the Canadians should dispatch this bunch fairly easily, and advance to a semi-final group which, in all likelihood, will include Jamaica, Honduras and Mexico. It should come down to a battle between Canada and Honduras for the 2nd qualifying spot (to advance to the Hex) but, like I said, more about that another time.
Winter brings with it a bit of a lull in the football calendar, especially in North America, but some Canadians have been busy with their club teams.
- This is over a week old already, but Dwayne de Rosario won his 4th MLS Cup, and second MLS Cup Final MVP award, with the Houston Dynamo knocking off perennial losers New England. Pat Onstad earned the win for Houston. You can watch the final by downloading the torrent.
- TSN is showing surprising Rosenborg against Chelsea live tomorrow as part of their Champions League coverage (2:30pm et/11:30am et). Lars Hirschfeld has been stopping shots for the Norwegian side.